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3d Session ) 

l No. 1473 

U.S. ia 2-(J Co-</>^.j ZA ieȣ 


(Late a Representative from Pennsylvania) 






Proceedings in the House 
February 25, 1912 

Proceedings in the Senate 
February 27, 1913 





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D. OF 0. 
JUL 23 1913 



Proceedings in the House 5 

Prayer by Rev. Henry N. Couden, D. D 5, 7 

Memorial addresses by — 

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania 9 

Mr. Lamb, of Virginia H 

Mr. Underbill, of New York 17 

Mr. Gregg, of Pennsylvania 19 

Mr. Ansberry, of Ohio 21 

Mr. Ainey, of Pennsylvania 24 

Mr. Palmer, of Pennsylvania 26 

Mr. Rothermel, of Pennsylvania 30 

Proceedings in the Senate 

Prayer by Rev. Ulysses G. B. Pierce, D. D 

Memorial addresses by — 

Mr. Penrose, of Pennsylvania 37 

Mr. Williams, of Mississippi 39 

Mr. Oliver, of Pennsylvania 42 

Prayer by Rev. J. M. Johnston at the funeral services 12 





Proceedings in the House 

Wednesday, July 26, i911. 
The House met at 12 o'clock noon. 

The Chaplain, Rev. Henry N. Couden, D. D., offered the 
following prayer : 

Infinite Spirit, Father of all souls, we thank Thee for 
that deep and abiding faith which through all the vicissi- 
tudes of life holds us close to Thee; for the star of hope 
which illumines our way and leads on to nobler life and 
endeavor; for that subtle, pure, mysterious something 
which we call " love," which binds us together into fami- 
lies and friendships which time nor space can sever. 
Once more the angel of death has visited the congres- 
sional family and taken from this House a Member who, 
though modest and unassuming, promised a career of 
great usefulness to his State and Nation. Comfort his 
colleagues and friends, and be very near to the bereaved 
family; inspire them to look forward to a happy reunion 
somewhere, sometime, where sorrow and death never 
come. And we will ascribe all praise to Thee, through 
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

• *•••*• 

Mr. RoTHERMEL. Mr. Speaker, at the request of his 
family, I desire to announce the death of Hon. George 
Washington Kipp, late a Member of this House and a 
Representative from the State of Pennsylvania, and I 
move the adoption of the following resolutions. 

The Speaker. The Clerk will report the resolutions. 


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The Clerk read as follows: 
' House resolution 247 

Resolved, Th:il tin- House has licard willi rc'Krcl and profound 
sorrow of the death of Gkouge NVashington Kipp, Representa- 
tive in this House from the fourteenth congressional district of 

Resolved, That a conunittcc of 13 Members of tlie House, with 
such Members of the Senate as may be joined, be appointed to 
attend the fimeral at Towanda, Pa.: and that the necessary ex- 
penses attending the execution of this order be paid out of the 
contingent fund of the House. 

Resolved, That the .Serjeant at .\rnis of the House be authorized 
and directed to take such steps as may be necessary for properly 
carrying out the provisions of these resolutions. 

Resolved, That the Clerk conimunicate these resolutions to the 
Senate and transmit a copy thereof to llie family of the deceased. 

Tlu' resolutions were agreed Id. nnd llie Speaker :ip- 
pointed as the coniniitlec on Ilic part of tin Ilmist Mr. 
Rolherniel, Mr. McHeniy. Mr. Wilson of Pennsylvania, 
Mr. Palmer, Mr. Difenderfer, Mr. ("irefi.t; of Pennsylvania, 
Mr. Lee of Pennsylvania, Mr. Siierwood, Mr. Lanih, Mr. 
Underhill. Mr. McDerniott, Mr. Olmsted, Mr. McCrean.-, 
Mr. Langham. and Mi-. .Vndrews. 

Mr. RoTiii;nMi:i.. Mr. Speaker, as a furllier mark of 
respect, 1 move that tlie House do now adjourn. 

The resolution was agreed to; accortlingly (at 12 o'clock 
and 1.") minutes p. m.) tlii' House adjourned until to- 
morrow, Thursday, July 27, 101 1. at 12 o'clock noon. 

Kitinw, Jdiiiuiri/ I'J. I'.U'i. 
Mr. KoTHERMF.i,. Mr. Speaker, 1 ask unanimous consent 
for tlie present consideration of the following order. 
The Clerk read as follows: 

Ordered. That Sunday, the 2.ith day of February. 1912, at 12 
o'clock, be set apart for addresses on the life, character, and 
public services of Hon. Gf.ohgf. Washington Kipp, late a Hepre- 
sentalive from the State of I'ennsvlvania. 


Proceedings in the House 

The Speaker. Is there objection to its present considera- 

There was no objection. 
The order was agreed to. 

Sunday, February 25, 1912. 

The House met at 12 o'clock noon, and was called to 
order by the Speaker pro tempore, Mr. Rothermel. 

The Chaplain, Rev. Henry N. Couden, D. D., offered 
the following prayer: 

Our Father in heaven, we lift up our hearts in grati- 
tude to Thee for the spark of divinity which Thou hast 
implanted in the breast of man which lifts him above 
the brute creation, binds him indissolubly to Thee, insures 
the immortality of the soul, and points the way to eternal 
bliss; hence "in the night of death hope sees a star and 
listening love catches the rustle of wings." " We live in 
deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, 
not in figures on a dial; we should count time by heart 
throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, 
acts the best." 

We are met in memory of one who made his mark 
in the business world, served his country on the floor of 
this House, and has passed on to the larger life, leaving 
a void in the hearts of those who knew him best and 
will cherish his memory for what he was — a lover of 
men and ever ready to assist those who sought his aid 
and counsel. Comfort those, we beseech Thee, who 
mourn him, help them to copy his virtues, and especially 
be near to those who are near and dear in the bonds of 

Prepare us all for the change that waits upon us, that 
we may go forward with brave and manly hearts. 

We know not what the future hath 

Of marvel or surprise. 
Assured alone that life and death 

His mercy underlies. 


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Thus we believe, thus we trust in Thee. O (iod our 
heavenly Father, through Hini who is the resurrection 

and tlie life. Aincn. 

The Speakkr pro tempore. The Clerk will read the 

Mr. Wilson of Pinnsylvania. Mr. Speaker. I ask unani- 
mous consent that the reading of the Journal may he 
dispensed with. 

The Spe.\ker pro tempore. Is there objection? [.\fter 
a pause.] The Chair hears none, and it is so ordered. 

Mr. Wilson of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I ask unani- 
mous consent that Members have leave to print for 10 
days in connection with these ceremonies. 

The Speakkh pro tempore. Is there objection? \\fter 
a pause.] The Chair hoars none, and it is so ordered. 

Mr. Wilson of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, 1 submit the 
following resolution, whieii I send to the Clerk's desk. 

The Speaker pro tempore. The Clerk will report the 

The Clerk read as follows: 

House resolution -431 

Resolved, Ttial in pursuance with the special oriliT heretofore 
adopted the House proceed lo pay tribute to the memory of Hon. 
GEonciE Washington Kn>p, late a Representative from the Slate 
of Pennsylvania. 

Resolved, That as a particular mark of respect to the memory 
of the deceased and in recognition of his eminent abilities as 
a faithful and distinguisiied i>ublic servant, the Mouse at the 
conclusion of the memorial proceedings of this day shall stanct 

Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the 

Resolved, That the Clerk be, and he is hereby, instructed to 
send a copy of these resolutions lo tlie family of the deceased. 

The resolution was unanimously agreed to. 




Mr. Speaker: George Washington Kipp was born in 
Green Township, Pike County, Pa., on March 28, 1847, 
and was consequently in the sixty-fifth year of his age 
at the time of his death. Like many men who have 
risen to prominence in the affairs of our countrj-, his 
youth was spent in struggles and hardships through 
which was laid the foundation for his future. He was 
successful in business, not as some have been because 
they have risen upon the failures of others, but because 
of the strength of his own character, the keenness of his 
own perceptions, and the strictness of his integrity. He 
was a man of the highest honor. I can recall an instance 
within a year when he and some of his associates were 
considering the advisability of making a certain political 
move, when he said to his associates : 

I know your purpose to be right — I am in hearty accord with 
it— but I have made some pledges to my people and I do not know 
whether or not they will view this act as being in violation of 
those pledges, and until I have consulted them and found what 
their viewpoint is relative to my pledges I can not go with you. 

I cite that as an illustration of his strict construction 
of honorable action. To him was not given the gift of 
oratorj\ He could not sway the multitude with the 
elegance of his diction, the beauty of his rhetoric, the 
logical sequence of his conclusions from an accepted 
premise, or by the keenness of his repartee, but what 
is of more importance to mankind he knew how to work 


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in a systematic and cfTcctive way to secure tlie objects 
he sought to attain. 

To each man's life tlu-rc comes a lime supreme — 

One day, one niglit, one morning, or one noon, 

One rift through which sublime fulfillments gleam, 

One freiglited hour, one moment opportune. 

One once when fate goes lloating with the stream, 

One time between too late too soon. 

Ah, happy he who knowing how to wait 

Knows also how to work and watch, and stand 

On life's broad deck alert and at the prow, 

To seize tiic passing moment big with fate 

I'Yom opportunity's extended liand 

\Yhen the great clock of destiny strikes now! 

George W. Kipp was one of lliosi- nun wlio stood on 
life's broad deck, alert and at the prow, lie knew how 
to wait and work and watch with consummate patience 
to seize the passing moment big with lak from oppor- 
tunity's extended hand, not for the selfisli purpose of 
personal aggrancU/ement, but with purer object of pro- 
moting tlic public weal. Those who know tlie work of 
the House of Representatives and the enormous amount 
of detail that must be done in the committee rooms in 
perfecting measures for presentation to the House realize 
the importance of such nun as Mr. Kipi' in securing 
effective legishition. Tlure Ills l)usiness training and liis 
knowledge of men and affairs were invaluable. 

None knew him but to love him. 
None knew him but to praise. 


Address of Mr. Lamb, of Virginia 

Mr. Speaker: It is in the committee rooms of the House 
that v/e make the closest acquaintances and form the 
nearest friendships. I would have had perhaps only a 
speaking acquaintance with Hon. George W. Kipp, of 
Pennsylvania, save that in the Sixty-second Congress he 
became a member of the Committee on Agriculture. 
From the first he manifested great interest in the work 
and asked me a number of questions touching the scope 
and usefulness thereof. 

A day or two before his untimely death I received a 
letter from him, and I have thought that perhaps this was 
the last business letter he wrote. He impressed me from 
the first as a plain, unpretentious, unassuming business 
man, generous to a degree, and full of the milk of human 

It happened that I was one of the several Members of 
this House selected to meet his remains at Towanda, his 
home town in Pennsylvania. The impressive ceremonies, 
conducted in part by the fraternity of Masons, the solemn 
pageant winding its way to the last resting place near 
the banks of the Susquehanna, the sad mourners of every 
degree and walk in life, impressed a stranger like myself, 
and caused me to inquire what were the sources of this 
man's influence and from whence came his power to 
invoke the reverence, confidence, and love of that people. 

During the ceremonies at his funeral a striking, impres- 
sive, and pathetic prayer was offered by a minister of 
some church. That prayer revealed to me the secret of 
the man's life. I carried the keynote of the prayer in 
my mind for days, and said to myself, George W. Kipp 


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was strong with these people because he loved them and 
was frank in all of his dealings with them. One of our 
collongues from Pennsylvania confirmed this judgment a 
few days ago, when he said to me, " Geoiuie W. Ku'P 
helped his people ngardless of their politics. This was 
the source of his popularity." 

Feeling that good taste required that I leave to those 
closer to him to tell of his life and character and services 
to his people, I thought it would be well to secure a copy 
of the prayer offered at his funeral. It is a reverential 
tribute to the dead and a touching expression of sympathy 
for the living. 

AVGl'ST 3, l!'ll. IIV REV. J. M. JOHNSTON. 

O Thou wlio drifst the mourner's tear, 

How (lark this world would he 
If, when deceived and wounded here. 

We could not fly to Thcc! 

The friends who in our sunshine live. 

When winter comes are flown; 
And he who has but tears to give, 

Must weep those tears alone. 

But Thou wilt heal thai broken heart. 

Which, like the plants that throw 
Their fragrance from the wounded part, 

Breathes sweetness out of woe. 

Oh, who could bear life's stormy doom 

Did not Thy wing of love 
Come brightly wafting through the gloom. 

Our peace branch from above? 

Then sorrow, touched by Thee, grows bright 

With more than rapture's ray, 
As darkness shows us worlds of light 

We never saw by day. 

Yes, there are friends who when winter comes " arc flown," 
but we thank Thee for the human friends who remain for such 
a time as this; and we feel that in this sorrow-stricken home 


Address of Mr. Lamb, of Virginia 

they are in evidence, as is manifest in tlieir expressions of 
sympathy, in their presence, in their floral tributes, in their 
tears, and in their prayers. But we also feel that after they have 
done the best that sincere and loving hearts can do, there is 
still the aching void which only Thou canst fill; hence in this 
hour of mystery and grief we turn to Thee. 

We thank Thee for the life of this man, for the place he 
filled in society, in business, in politics, and in home. We 
thank Thee for the endearing home ties that bound him and 
his loved ones together. We thank Thee for the long and busy 
life he led, for his acknowledged business abilities, for the 
generous, benevolent, and human feelings which characterized 
him, that no one whom he could favor was turned empty away. 

We thank Thee for the stand he took for civic righteousness 
and for the public-spirited man he was. We pray that these 
many good traits we may emulate and what faults there were 
we may bury in the sea of forgetfulness. We further ask that 
Thou wilt honor us with Thy blessing this day in these services. 

We bespeak for the friends and neighbors whose presence 
and thoughtfulness have done much to alleviate our sorrows 
Thy friendly recognition. Give Thy blessing also to the men 
with whom in organizations, in social, in business, and in 
political life the deceased associated; write it on their hearts 
that they, too, must die. 

Bless, God, the Nation which we all so dearly love and for 
whose principles this man stood so firmly. Make it a Nation 
noted for righteousness, that it may be exalted. Bless our 
President, his Cabinet, those who make and execute our laws, 
and may these men in high places deal fairly with their con- 
stituents, their country, and their God. Bless this town and 
vicinity on which this great sorrow has fallen, and may the 
community rise to the high ideal this man had in view for it 
and to which end he planned and contributed. 

God bless those who are so near to this man by the ties of 
kin and have been so suddenly touched by this dispensation of 
Providence; be strength to the brothers and sisters, the circle 
of which death has not invaded for many years; may they be 
made to feel their days, too, are numbered. Bless these dear 
little grandchildren; they may not realize their loss now, but 
who sooner or later will miss the kindnesses lavished upon 
them by a grandfather's love and indulgence. And especially 


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would \vf bring in our arms of faith these the daughters of 
the deceased and lay them at Thy feel for Thy sympathy and 
help. Tliey arc indeed bereft; doubly so, as so recently their 
dear mother was taken; but, commensurate with their sorrow, 
be Tliou their comfort and stay. In the absence of the earthly 
father, may they lean all the more on the everlasting arms of 
the heavenly Father. 

Bless Thy servant in the message of admonition and consola- 
tion he will bring to us, and prepare our heans to receive it. 
CiO with us to the resting place of the dead, and on the return 
meet these sorrowing ones at the portal, and with Thine own 
hallowed presence fill the vacancy caused by the demise of this 
father. And to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost we will give 
thanks, praise, and ourselves forever. .\men. 

There ;ire two assets in life that men enjoy and 
throngh wliicli llu y impress their feUows ami win success. 
One is weallli; the other, friends. Our deceased col- 
league possessed both. A man possessing wealth wilh- 
iiul friends is poor indeed, while possessing good friends 
with little wealth he may be counted rich. When a 
youth 1 heard a man of large possessions say to a neigh- 
bor, " Make money and you will have friends." I lived 
to sec this man count his friends on the fingers of one 
hand. He heaped up riches and lost his friends. 

I do not know what estali' our colleague left, hut do 
know from what I saw and heard at Towanda that he 
died rich in friends. 

In the hour of distress and misery the eye of every mortal 
turns to friendship; in the hour of gladness and conviviality, 
what is your want? It is friendship. When the heart over- 
flows with gratitude or with any other sweet and sacred senti- 
ment, what is the word to which it would give utterance? A 

Evcrjfhing 1 observed and liarued during my short slay 
in Towanda impressed me with the fact that a spirit of 
friendliness i)revailed tlure. .\11 parly s])iril seemed 
dead in tlie awful myslerj- we call death. The greater 


Address of Mr. Lamb, of Virginia 

mystery of life I noted in strange faces and new scenery. 
Art and architecture gave an interest. A splendid county 
building, in front of which stood a statue on which 
was engi'aved emblems dedicated to truth and justice, 
attracted my attention. I examined the records and 
archives within. 

Men whom I met in conflict 50 years ago welcomed me 
as a friend and brother. One high in authority spoke 
admiringly of Robert E. Lee even as I had heard Pennsjl- 
vanians speak in 1863. A week later I had the pleasure 
of sending him a life of Lee which he expressed a desire 
to read. 

While it was a sad duty I was commissioned with my 
colleagues to perform, I was glad to meet the friends who 
had sent him here and learn that they trusted him because 
he was honest, loved him because he was faithful and 
true, and honored his memoiy because he wSs generous 
and benevolent and never turned empty away a worthy 
applicant for his favor. 

It is the spirit in which we act that is the highest matter. 
It is the spirit of a man that gives him tone and character. 
A spirit of friendliness was the leading trait in the char- 
acter of Mr. Kipp. For the most part, it is the American 
spirit to-day; cultivated and encouraged through every 
available source, it will save our civilization; neglected, 
some Gibbon will write our decline and fall. 


By Charles Mackay 

What might be done if men were wise — 
What glorious deeds, my suffering brother. 

Would they unite 

In love and right, 
And cease their scorn of one another? 


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Oppression's hearl iniglit be imbued 

Willi kiiiilling drops of loving kindness; 

And knowledge pour 

Kroin shore to sliore 
Light on the eyes of mental blindness. 

All slavery, warfare, lies, and wrongs. 
All vice and crime, might die together; 

And \\'ine and corn, 

To each man born, 
Be free as warmth in summer weather. 

The meanest wretch that ever trod. 
The deepest sunk in guilt and sorrow. 

Might stand erect 

In self-respiil 
And share the teeming world to-morrow. 

^Vilat might be done? This might be done, 
And more than this, my suffering brother — 

More than the tongue 
*K'er said or sung. 
If men were wise and loved each other. 


Address of Mr. Underhill, of New York 

Mr. Speaker: It was my good fortune upon entering 
Congi-ess last April to find that the late George Wash- 
ington Kipp, of Pennsylvania, and myself had many 
mutual friends. Representing adjoining districts, al- 
though living in different States, we found that we had 
many interests in common, and thus began an acquaint- 
ance which I had learned to value highly before he started 
on that western trip from which he never returned alive. 

Mr. Kipp was preeminently a representative of the peo- 
ple. He had not the advantages of a college education, 
but he was a graduate of the school of experience, and 
he learned to so handle matters through this training 
that he was a very successful man in this world's affairs. 
He was an excellent type of an American. Of the advan- 
tages that came to him from environment he made the 
best of use. His services in both public and private life 
were considerable and proved that he was a fitting repre- 
sentative of the people. He was twice elected a Member 
of this House in a district normally opposed to him po- 
litically, demonstrating the worth in which he was held 
by the community in which he lived. 

In his death the State of Pennsjivania has lost a repre- 
sentative worthy of her best traditions, the House of 
Representatives a man of sterling character and highest 
integrity, while we, his friends, have lost a valued 
companion and counselor. 

He was faithful and earnest in the discharge of his 
official duties. He was disposed to be fair and inde- 
pendent in all important matters, and rose to the full 
standard of a man. His career demonstrates what a man 

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of tiuTg}- and indusln- can accomplish and liow he can 
climb the ladder in this favored land of ours. 

It was my privilege to be one of the committee ap- 
pointed by the Speaker to represent this House at the 
last sad rites over our departed colleague. The services 
were largely attended by friends for miles around, not 
only from the counties of his immediate district, hut 
adjoining ones, and the neighboring State of New York 
was well represented. The regret was deep and sincere, 
and the general expression was that he was a usual man 
and that it had been a privilege to have known him as a 


Address of Mr. Gregg, of Pennsylvania 

Mr. Speaker: It is an undisputed fact tliat all men are 
born to die. The sacred pages of God's Book, the Holy 
Bible, declare that " it is appointed unto man once to 
die "; that " man that is born of a woman is of few days 
and full of trouble; he cometh forth like a flower and is 
cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not." 
We need only look around us, on every hand, to see the 
work of death. Observation has taught us that even the 
long-lived and towering oak will eventually fall and de- 
cay. The sweet-smelling and many-colored flowers at 
our feet flourish for a time, then wither and die. One 
season in this changeful climate of ours will teach us that 
the life of everj'thing in nature can be extinguished by 
one cold breath from the lungs of that unwelcoine visitor. 
Death. And so it is with the life of human kind. The 
hallowed graveyards on the hills and in the vales, the 
crowded cemeteries in the cities and in the towns, go to 
prove but one mournful truth, that " life is even a vapor 
that appeareth for a little time, then vanisheth away." 
And it is to be observed in this day and generation that 
" pale death, with impartial footsteps, knocks alike at the 
poor man's hut and the palace of kings." 

To-day we see a multitude of sorrowing friends follow 
the remains of a beloved one to the grave, and scarcely 
have the echoes of the funeral march that sounded his 
dirge died away till we see another and another and still 
another being borne to his last resting place. 

There were two particular things in the life of George 
W. Kipp that impressed me. My acquaintance with him 
was not long. My oflice number is 356 and his was 354, 


Memorial Audresses : Representative Kipp 

uiui il gave ine un upputtunity lu see suiiK-thlng uf his life. 
One thing that irnprcssod nic more than anything else, 
and wiiich I know most iniprtsscd every otiier man wlio 
knew him, was his wonderful regard, his wonderful kind- 
ness, to the boys — to the little fellows. My son visited me 
during last summer, and Mr. Kipp was the one person 
more than myself who looked after that boy of mine. He, 
among others, was the one particular person who tiiought 
that a child amounted to .something in this world. .\nd 
whenever you can find a man who has some feeling, some 
regard, for a child, you fin«l in him something that is a 
little hit bigger than you find in the ordinary man. 

The other thing about Mr. Kipp whicli impressed me 
was his conception of responsibility in life. He thought 
that he was a man. Tic actually believed in himself, and 
the very fact that he did believe in himself was the very 
thing that made him great, and big, and strong, just as the 
gentleman tidin \ew York [Mr. Underbill] has described 
him. Tfiat is the thing that amounted to something up 
in his congressional district; that is llie thing that made 
him big lliere. and that will always make- a man big wher- 
ever he hapi)ens to be. He was a man among men, and 
his reelection in a strong Hepublican district testifies that 


Address of Mr. Ansberry, of Ohio 

Mr. Speaker: I rise to pay my last tribute to the 
memory of my friend George Washington Kipp, who 
has solved the great mystery, who has been called to the 
bar of eternity to give the record of his life. And these 
few brief words of mine are the garlands of flowers that 
I place at his tomb. I first met George W. Kipp when 
sitting as a member of the Invalid Pensions Committee 
of the Sixtieth Congress. I found him to be my nearest 
neighbor, and his participation in the work of the com- 
mittee discovered to me his hard common sense as well 
as the softer side of his nature, for he was always inter- 
ested in forwarding the interests of those men, women, 
and children whom he styled " the Nation's wards." 
The acquaintance thus begun ripened into a friendship 
which I shall always cherish and which continued until 
his death. In the language of the phrase maker, he was 
essentially a man's man, and his society was always 
sought by a large company of his colleagues who had 
learned as I had to love him for his sterling qualities 
of mind and heart. I was proud of the fact known to 
many that I possessed in a great degree the affection and 
esteem of my dead friend, and because of this an intimacy 
grew up between us which I shall always preserve as one 
of the benefits I enjoyed as a Member of this House. 

George Washington Kipp came up from the soil. He 
was one of and always in intimate touch with the com- 
mon people. He was educated in the great university 
of the common people — the public school. He was a 
self-made man. Compelled to inake his own way in 
life, he started as a lumberman and mastered every detail 


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of tliiit business. lie prospered, grew rich, and soon 
branched out into other fields of endeavor, and in each 
he was an unqualified success. Always a Democrat and 
always nianilestiiig an interest in public afl'airs, he on 
more than one occasion was his party's standard bearer, 
and invariably led it to success despite the fact of his 
parly bein{» in the minority. In 1006 his Democratic 
neiglibors nominated him for (Congress, and he succeeded 
in defeating a strong and popular adversary, and I am 
glad to say his greatest majority came from i)is home 
county, strongly Republican, where he was best known. 
The presidential tide ran strong against the Democrats 
in Pennsylvania in lOOS and Mr. Kmm- was defeated for 
his second term by a narrow majority. Renominated in 
1910. it was my pleasure to spend a brief week campaign- 
ing in ins behalf, and in going up and down his district 
I soon learned that his constituents knew and appreciated 
the rugged honesty and strong character of the Demo- 
cratic candidate, and 1 was assured on cverj- side by men 
of every shade of political opinion that my friend would 
once more receive at the hand of his neighbors a trust 
to execute in the Nation's capital as tlieir n |)risentalive. 
He was elected by a substantial majority, mih! was but 
fairly launched u|)on his second term wluii diatli beck- 
oned his gaunt finger and he was gone. 

Many men of many minds, of varied accomi)lislmuiits, 
come into this House as Representatives, some of whom 
arc piecedtd Ity tlie bubbles " reputation," " fame." 
Some come from high offices in their native States, some 
from strong positions in the business world. All play 
their jiart -pass on, some to greater reputations, othei-s 
to oblivion. My dead friend came into this House as a 
business man of large experience, the possessor of a for- 
tune honestly won. He was plain, unostenlalious. abso- 
lutely without pretense. Unknown to him was llie desire 


Address of Mr. Ansberry, of Ohio 

to bask in the spotlight of notoriety. He was desirous 
only of doing well and thoroughly the task that lay at 
hand, be it great or small, and in passing he left behind 
a reputation for that greatest of all good qualities — com- 
mon sense. It would be folly to talk of him as brilliant 
or as eloquent, and none would sooner reject such ful- 
some praise than he. It was my privilege to know my 
friend in his comfortable home, in the beautiful little city 
of Towanda, tucked away in the Pennsylvania hills. He 
was a kind father and an indulgent and loving husband to 
a wife who was long an invalid. I spent several days 
with him in his native town, and could not help but note 
that he was known and admired by every man, woman, 
and child within its confines, and he was never too busy 
to exchange kindly greetings witli the laborer upon the 
street, nor was it the fawning smile or fulsome speech of 
the politician, but the kindly, neighborly salute which 
bespoke a large and generous heart. He died suddenly 
when far from home. I was not permitted the sad privi- 
lege of attending his funeral, but I recall him now in my 
mind's ej^e when last I saw him, the picture of a man in 
full health as he came into my office one day last summer 
to say good-by, as he was starting then on what proved to 
be the journey from whence he never returned. Although 
past 60, he looked in the prime of life. I never saw him 
again. God rest his brave soul. 

Green be the turf above thee, 

Friend of my better days; 
None knew tliee but to love thee. 

None named thee but to praise. 


Address or Mii. Ainf.y. of Pennsylvania 

Mr. Speaker: I am sure I would do violence to my feel- 
ings and sentiments if I did not say a word in this place 
where we are gathered to pay our tribute to the memory 
of my distinguished i)redecessor. 

I am at a loss i'or words with whidi to clothe my 
thoughts. Paradoxical though it may seem, we were 
drawn together hy tlie laws of disassociation. We were 
of opposite |)olitical views and we came in close contact 
at no point, either in our business or political affairs, 
yet I knew him well and admired him greatly. 

Many limes since his decease, as I thought of liim and 
of the influences of his life, I have wondered whether 
we are not placing a wrong emphasis upon what we call 

No longer is it safe to say that men traveling in oppo- 
site directions may not reach the same destination. In 
tlie material reahn (iaiileo forcid us to accept lliis appar- 
ently conlradictorj- truth. Yet in the rush and stress 
of this life we give tardy recognition to the same principle 
when there are difl'erenccs of (>|)ini(m in llir moral or 
political realm. 

It is on occasions like tliis, wiiere llic jjrejudices and 
passions are stilled and our minds and heai'ls unilc in 
sympathetic harmony, tiiat we weigh things as lluy really 
are. and we find that after all our so-calle<I diflVrences, 
wiiich too fre(iuently slir the head and emhilter tlic 
tongue, are merely the eastward or westward journey- 
ings we elect to take, whereby we encompass the circle 
of honest efTort to find that either way may bring us to 
a conunon goal. 


Address of Mr. Ainey, of Pennsylvania 

I was curious to know and look great pains to ascer- 
tain, not in anticipation of this memorial gathering, but 
because I like to understand the real sources of the 
power underlying the successes of such a life and its 
activities, what were the personal factors which upon 
two occasions wrested the old Wilmot-Grow congres- 
sional district from its strongly tied party moorings and 
carried it into the harbor of the party to which he 

I found that Mr. Kipp realized in his life the solution of 
the great problem of personal influence — sympathy — and 
yet he probably never gave a moment's thought to it; 
it was spontaneous, it was a part of the man himself, for 
there can be no counterfeit of this, it must be inwrought. 
He liked men. 

The genuinely humanitarian spirit, outwardly mani- 
fested in tlie kindly handshake and sympathetic expres- 
sion, was his. The bluff, but hearty, helpfulness with 
which he aided many a man over the last lift of the hill 
brought him a host of friends. As these kindly offices 
were without political thought or limitation the result 
was inevitable. There is more potency in a real hand- 
shake than in a great law. These men with whom he 
came in contact believed in the man; they relied upon 
his honesty of purpose, and because thereof they fol- 
lowed him, irrespective of any political differences. 

George W. Kipp had great interest in mankind, and 
for them he had great purposes. He was a man of the 
people, desiring to serve the interests of the common 
people, and my last tribute to his memory is that he 
reached the goal of that ambition. 


Address of Mr. Palmer, of Pennsylvania 

>[i-. Speaker: I realize tliat it is fuliie to pay tribute lo 
the dead, for we all know the answer to the querj- of the 
pod Gray: 

Can storied urn or animated bust 

Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath"? 

Can honor's voice provolsc the silent dust. 

Or flattery sootlie the dull, cold ear of death? 

And yet it is altogether fitting and proper, it seems to 
me, that we should pause in the day's occupation to lay 
upon the closed grave of one of our colleagues the wreaths 
of love and honor gathered from the garlands of mem- 
ory, and in any meeting. Mr. Speaker, called to do honor 
to George W. Km'I' 1 could not sit silent, however inade- 
quate my tribute might be. 

lie was my lifelong friend, and befori- me my father 
claimed iiis friendshi]) for many years. He was born in 
the district which 1 now have the honor to represent upon 
this floor, within ."^O miles of my own home, for he first 
saw the light of day in Giii ii Township. Pike County, 
Pa. There the old Kipp homestead has fallen lo decay, 
but beside its ruins there still stands the old-fashioned 
stone chinmey, which years and years ago crept uj) the 
outside of the house to the gabled roof, and which is 
lo-day j)ointed out by the old iitiglihors of the family to 
strangers and travelers as a sort of monument to him 
who lived lo be known as the county's foremost and 
favorite son. 

And he was properly known as such. Mi-. Speaker, for 
any man who would observe the hund)le surroundings 
of his birth and his early life must be struck willi the 


Address of Mr. Pai.mer, of Pennsylvania 

contrast between what they presented and this scene 
where he spent his last days, here in the Capital of the 
Nation, in the most important parliamentary body on 
earth, where he represented a constituency as intelligent 
as any upon our American soil, and sat in a seat which 
had once been honored by the great David Wilmot, author 
of the Wilmot Proviso, and by Galusha A. Grow, a former 
Speaker of this House. That contrast illustrates a sum 
of human achievement in which any community might 
well take pride. 

There, in Pike County, amid humble surroundings and 
with limited and restricted opportunities for intellectual 
advancement and education along any line, Mr. Kipp grew 
to manhood's estate. Recognizing the limitations of the 
neighborhood, with a laudable ambition to succeed in 
large endeavors, he soon moved where present opportu- 
nities seemed to be greater, and for some years lived in 
Wayne County, where he was honored by his fellow citi- 
zens by being chosen to fill various important positions 
in the local government. But again opportunity beck- 
oned, and the waj^ was opened for him to move elsewhere, 
and he finally became a citizen of the thriving town of 
Towanda, in Bradford County, Pa. There, Mr. Speaker, 
he spent the last 30 years of his life, and lived to be known 
as the first citizen of the place. 

My observation has been that in country communities 
such as that, if a visitor would find the man who pos- 
sesses in largest degree the confidence and trust of his 
fellow citizens he must look to the leading banking insti- 
tution of the community and inquire for its head or its 
most influential member or officer. The success of a 
bank, especially in the country districts, depends entirely 
upon the character of the men who are in charge of the 
institution, and their reputation for honesty, fidelity, and 
integrity is the very best asset of any such bank. Mr. 


Memohiai. Audrksser: F\epbesentativf. Kii-i' 

Kii'i> naturally moved forward to such a position in that 
conununity, and the institution of whidi hi- was for many 
years tlie chief and directing olFicial acquired a reputa- 
tion throughout all that section of the State largely he- 
cause of the universal confidence and trust which were 
placed in him hy the pioplc of that entire community. 

I have said that Mr. Km'I' represented the sanu- con- 
stituency that for years in the early days was represented 
here by two such great men as Wilmot and Grow. Mr. 
KiPP never reached the importaiil place upon the stage 
of pul)lic life which was held hy those, his distinguished 
predecessors. He was not a great man. He was not a 
great statesman. He laid no claim to being either. He 
made no false pretense for his work in jniblic or private 
station. But he was a loyal, faithful jjublic servant, ever 
mindful of liis jjtople's best interests, iver devoted to 
the principles of the jjolitical j)arty to which he owed 
allegiance, and ever careful of the welfare of our common 

It is undoubtedly true, Mr. Speaker, that .some of the 
best work in this body has been done by men who have 
never been known as statesmen. The longer I live, the 
more I come in contact with men of affairs, the more I see 
of the workings of government, the more convinced I am 
that, after all, the man is the thing. There is no influence 
so potent in this House as the character of men. There is 
no engine for good or for ill which exerts anything like the 
influence upon public affairs in the legislative and execu- 
tive departments of the Government as that force which 
we know as the " jiersonal equation." We have seen 
many a good measure go down to defeat it was 
managed or fathend by bad nuii, in wliotn others failed 
to have confidence. W'l have seen bad measures become 
laws because good men. in mistaken zeal, have taken 
them up and pushed them through to their final fruition. 


Address of Mr. P.\lmer, of Pennsylv.\xi.\ 

We have seen governnients go wrong when bent upon 
proper quests because they were led by men of selfish 
designs; and the safety of our country in its future and 
the happiness and welfare of our children, the very salva- 
tion of the Republic, are more dependent upon the char- 
acter of the men who are now lieing reared to manhood 
and are taking an interest in public affairs out in the 
country than upon the solution of the problems with 
which we are dealing here to-day. Our efforts here are 
but temporary and transitory, and will solve the problems 
which now beckon for solution with compelling force, 
only for a day, or a month, or a year. But back home, 
amongst the hills, throughout the length and breadth of 
the land, is being reared the citizenship which must per- 
manently solve these problems in the future, and it will 
be dependent upon the character of that citizenship as to 
how they shall be solved and as to how our Republic shall 
go on to its destiny. 

I have digressed thus far to comment upon what I con- 
ceive to be the paramount influence in this body in order 
to lead up to this statement, that in Mr. Kipp his people 
possessed a Representative who measured up to every- 
thing that could be expected of a man when he throws 
the weight of his personal influence into legislative mat- 
ters in this Congress. He reached the standard of use- 
fulness; he filled the true measure of conscientious, 
patriotic effort. His ideals were high, his purposes were 
noble, his plans absolutely unselfish and disinterested; 
and in his death not alone his people but his State and 
his country have lost a valued public servant. 


Addbess of Mr. Rothermel, of Pennsylvania 

Mr. Speaker: I rise to pay a tribute of affection to llie 
late George Washington Kiph, formerly a Representative 
from Pennsylvania. On July 20, 1911, it became my pain- 
ful duly to announce to llie House his sudden and unex- 
pected death, wliicli had occurred on Vancouver Island, in 
British Columbia, on the 24th. On Januarj- 19, by special 
order, the 2oth day of Februan,-, 1912, was set apart for 
these memorial services. 

Congressman Kipp was born in Pike County, Pa., March 
28, 1847, where he continued to live with his parents until 
he reached his majority, working on the farm, and where 
he began the manufacturing of lumber. His life from the 
beginning was a strenuous one; Ills means of education 
were limited. 1 know of no school from wliicli he gradu- 
ated except the university of nature. 

My personal acquaintance with liini commenced witli 
his services in the House of Representatives in December, 
1907. 1 had known him prior thereto by reputation as 
one of llie noble sons of tlie great State (if Pennsylvania. 
He was known as one of the successful business men of 
that State, who was fair in all his dealings between man 
and man anil wlio dearly loved tlu' common peojile. wliosc 
res|)ect and confidence lie enjoyed llirouglioul his inlire 

When I first became acquainted witli liini I was im- 
pressed with his genial good nature, his wonderful busi- 
ness capacity, combined with good common sense, and liis 
honesty and sincerity of purpose. His keen sense of jus- 
tice endeared him to tlie people far beyond the confines 


Address of Mr. Rothermel, of Pennsylvania 

of the district which he had the honor to represent in the 
House. His reputation was State wide before he came to 
Congress, and he soon became prominent as a national 

I feel that I have lost a friend, and I know the Members 
of this House and the people of the countiy Iiave lost a 
friend. My friendship with him became so pronounced 
that it almost ripened into inseparable companionship 
during the sessions of Congress. 

It may well be said of him he was " a friend that 
sticketh closer than a brother." 

He believed that the two great factors which rule tlie 
business world are capital and labor, and that labor is 
the more important of the two. 

After his election to the Sixty-second Congress I asked 
him how he had overcome sucli an overwhelming Repub- 
lican majority in his district, and he replied: " 1 have been 
in business in that part of the State for many years and 
employed a great many people, and 1 don't believe I could 
find one that voted against me. They have confidence in 
me and 1 had in them." 

His love of justice, which he put into practice, endeared 
him to his fellow men. 

He was just and true to labor, and always maintained 
that that is the only way to restore confidence between 
employer and employee. 

As a legislator he was a success. He was proud of his 
constituents and attended to tlieir wants in the minutest 
detail. He carefully guarded the interest of his State, 
and above all he loved his country and believed it was 
destined to become tlie greatest in the world, if the rights 
of the common people were properly guarded. He be- 
lieved in the unwritten law of manifest destiny. He 
believed that in governments as in nature nothing is sta- 
tionary', but that there is an onward movement in the 


MiMiiHiM. Ai)i)Hi;ssi;s : Hi:riti;M:N taiim; Kii-i' 

course of evolution. In short, he was a wiso, patriotic, 
and constructive statesman. 

He was a devoted husband and often affectionately re- 
ferred to his beloved wife, who had passed to the great 
beyond about a year before liis tlealli. He was an indul- 
gent father. He was a public-spirited and progressive 
citizen. Of him it may be said: "Will (hjne, thou good 
and faithful servant." 

The Si'EAKKH pro tempore (Mr. Rulhermel). In accord- 
ance with the resolutions heretofore adopted, and as a 
further mark of respect to the memory of the late Con- 
gressman Kipi', tlie House will stand adjourned until 
to-morrow at 12 o'clock. 

Tliereupon (at 1 o'clock and 7 minutes p. m.) the House 
adjourned to meet to-morrow, February 26, 1912, at 12 
o'clock noon. 


Proceedings in the Senate 

Thursday, July 27, 1911. 

The Vice President. The Chair lays before the Senate 
resolutions fi'om the House of Representatives, which 
will be read. 

The Secretary read the resolutions, as follows: 

In the House of Representatives, 

July 26, 1911. 

Resolved, That the House has heard with regret and profound 
sorrow of the death of George Washington Kipp, Representative 
in this House from the fourteentli congressional district of 

Resolved, That a committee of 15 Members of the House, with 
such Members of the Senate as may be joined, be appointed to 
attend the funeral at Towanda, Pa., and that the necessary 
expenses attending the execution of this order be paid out of 
the contingent fund of the House. 

Resolved, That the Sergeant at Arms of the House be authorized 
and directed to take such steps as may be necessary for properly 
carrying out the provisions of these resolutions. 

Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to 
the Senate and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the 

Mr. Penrose. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent 
for the present consideration of the resolutions which I 
send to the desk. 

The Vice President. The Senator from Pennsylvania 
asks unanimous consent for the present consideration of 
the resolutions, which the Secretary will read. 

The resolutions (S. Res. 117) were read and unani- 
mously agreed to, as follows: 

Resolved, That the Senate has heard with deep sensibility the 
announcement of the death of the Hon. George W. Kipp, late a 
Representative from the State of Pennsylvania. 

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MiMiiHiM. .\i)i)iii:sM.s : III CHI SI \ I \i i\ I. Kin- 

Resolved, That a commillee of five Senators be appointed by 
tlu- Vice President to join llie committee appointed on the part 
of the House of Representatives to lake order for superintending 
the funeral of the deceased. 

liesolved, That tlie Secretary communicate these resolutions to 
the House of Representatives. 

The Vice President appointed as the committee on llie 
part of llie Senate uiult-r the second resolution Mr. Pen- 
rose, Mr. Oliver, Mr. Overman, Mr. Marline of New Jersey, 
and .Mr. Pomcrenc. 

Mr. Pe.nhose. Mr. President, as a furtlier mark of 
respect to the niemor}- of llie late Representative I move 
that the Senate adjourn. 

The motion was unanimously agreed to, and (al 11 
o'clock and .j5 minutes a. in.) the Senate adjourned until 
Thursday, July 27, 1911, at 12 o'clock meridian. 

Fiuiiw, February 7. 1013. 
Mr. Oi.ivKit. Mr. President, 1 desire to give notice that 
on Saturday, March 1, I will ask the Senate to consider 
resolutions commemorative of the livis and jiuhlic serv- 
ices of Hknry H. Bingham, GiioiiGi: W. Kii'i', and John G. 
Mr.llKNKv, late Memhcis of the House of lUiiresentatives 
from tlie Stale of i\niisylvaiiia. 

Monday, rrbriianj 17, 1913. 
Mr. Oliver. Mr. President, on tlie 7lli of this montli I 
gave notice thai on March 1 I should ask llie Senate to 
consider resolutions commemorative of the life, cliar- 
acter, and public services of Hon. Henhv H. Hinc.ham, 
Hon. George W. Kiit, and Hon. John G. McHicnhv, lale 
Members of the House of Representatives from the Stale 
of Pennsylvania. I wish to withdraw that nolice and to 
give nolice lluil I shall ;isk tlu .Si-nale to consider such 
resolutions on Thursday. Peliruary 27, al such hour as 
may he convenient for the calling uji of the same. 


Proceedings in the Senate 

Thursday, February 27, 1913. 
The Senate met at 10 o'clock a. m. 

The Chaplain, Rev. Ulysses G. B. Pierce, D. D., offered 
the following prayer: 

O Thou, who always givest us the victory' in Christ, we 
thank Thee that Thou dost never leave us nor forsake us. 
Though Thou takest from our side friends and counselors, 
yet Thou dost not take from us Thy loving-kindness. We 
thank Thee, our Father, for the life, the character, and 
the public service of him whom we this day remember 
and, remembering, honor. We thank Thee for the privi- 
lege of laboring with him for the common weal and for 
the blessed memory of his life. We commend to Thee 
those to whom this sorrow is most deep and tender, and 
pray Thee to keep them and us evermore in Thy heavenly 

And unto Thee, who art the first and last and whose we 
are, living or dying, be all glory and praise on earth and 
in heaven now and forevermore. Amen. 

Mr. Gallinger took the chair as President pro tempore 
under the previous order of the Senate. 

The Secretary' proceeded to read the Journal of yester- 
day's proceedings, when, on request of Mr. Smoot and 
by unanimous consent, the further reading was dis- 
pensed with, and the Journal was approved. 

Mr. Penrose. Mr. President, I ask the Chair to lay be- 
fore the Senate the resolutions of the House of Repre- 
sentatives on the death of the late Representative George 
W. Kipp. 

The Presiding Officer (Mr. Page in the chair). The 
Chair lays before the Senate resolutions from the House 
of Representatives, which will be read. 


Mkmohial Addkkssks: Uici-KiistN im i\i; Kum' 

Tlu' Sc'cri-tary i\in\ llu- iiMiluticiiis ol llir House, as 


In the HoiSE of Representatives, 

February 25. 1913. 

Resolved, That in pursuance of the special order heretofore 
adopted the House proceed to pay lo the memory of Hon. George 
Washington Kh-p, hUe a Representative from the State of Penn- 

Resolved, That as a particular mark of respect to the memory 
of the deceased and in recognition of his eminent abilities as a 
faitliful and distinguished public servant the House at the con- 
clusion of the memorial proceedings of this day shall stand 

liesolt'i'd. That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the 

nesoh'cd. That the Clerk be, and he is hereby, instructed to 
send a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased. 

Mr. Penrosk. Mr. President, I subiiiil tlic resolutions 
which I send lo the desk, and ask for their adoption. 

The Phi;sii)in(. Oitickh. The resolutions submitted by 
the Senator from Pennsylvania will be read. 

The resolutions (S. Res. 181) were read, considered by 
uiinniinous consent, and unanimously agreed to. as 

Hcsoln-d, That the Senate has heard with deci) sorrow of the 
death of the Hon. George Washington Kipp, late a Member of 
the House of Representatives from the State of Pennsylvania. 

Rcsolrcd, That as a mark of respect to the memory of the 
deceased the business of the Senate be suspended in ordi-r that 
proper tribute may be paid to his high character and distin- 
guished public services. 

Rcsolrcd. Thai the Secretary communicate a copy of these reso- 
lutions to the House of Representatives and to the family of the 



Address of Mr. Penrose, of Pennsylvania 

Mr. President: Hon. George Washington Kipp was 
elected as the Democratic candidate in a district in Penn- 
sylvania which was nominally Republican. The district 
is a famous one, containing as an important part of it the 
county of Bradford, which David Wilmot represented in 
Congress, and wherein Galusha A. Grow was born and 
later on represented it in Congress. Mi\ Kipp won his 
election against an adverse majority by his sterling quali- 
ties of manhood, his closeness to the common people, and 
his ability as a self-made man to impress them. 

He belonged to a class of men once foremost in the 
industries of Pennsylvania, but now passing away with 
the extinction of the industry. Pennsylvania was once 
one of the foremost lumber States in the country, and 
many large and thriving towns grew up in the lumber 
development which still retain their prosperity, but the 
activities of which have been drawn to manufacturing 
and other industries. Mr. Kipp started as a lumberman 
and mastered every detail of the business. He grew rich 
and branched out into other business activities. He was 
a man of rugged honesty and readily made friends. He 
was generally beloved by the people of his district. His 
death was a distinct loss to his party and to the country, 
and the State of Pennsylvania was deprived of a useful 
and industrious Representative. 


Memorial Addresses: Representative Kipi* 

1 luul on luinicrous occasions frequent opportunity to 
become intimately associated with Mr. KiiM'. I came to 
admire and respect his sturdy character and his vigorous 
and manly qualities, .\lthough we belonged to opposite 
parties, we were able to confer frcelj' and cordially on 
matters of public interest and concern. All who knew 
him well have felt a personal loss in his death. 


Address of Mr. Williams, of Mississippi 

Mr. President: "In the midst of life we are in death." 
Three Pennsylvanians, Members of the other House, have 
died since I was a Member of it — Harrj' Bingham, the 
father of the House; McHenry, and Kipp — all of whom I 
knew and loved with cause. I shall have opportunity 
to-day to pay a tribute only to the last named of the three. 

George Washington Kipp was born on March 28, 1847. 
He was therefore seven years and more my senior, but 
we became warm, congenial friends, and I think that no 
stranger would have noted the difference in our ages 
when we were met together. He carried with him a 
warm heart and a glad hand, and won me, as he did 
nearly everybody who came to be thrown with him. 

His earliest training was on the farm, where so many 
men of sound common sense, like Cincinnatus and Crom- 
well and Washington and other though lesser men got 
their earliest training. He later had the advantages of a 
common-school education in the very good common 
schools of his day and section. Still later he became a 
lumberman, and at the time of his death was the presi- 
dent of a bank in Towanda, Pa., where he spent the last 
30 years of his life. His main education, therefore, was 
in the school of life among men, where hard struggle 
makes moral, mental, and physical muscle, and where 
fair struggle brings love, respect, honor, and a troop of 
friends. In all of his transactions he was single minded — 
an integer — not duplex. He spoke with a straight and 
not a forked tongue. He was one of the few self-made 
men that I have personally known who was not too proud 
of his self-making job, and who never forgot where and 


^IiM'ii'.iM Aiiiim;ssi;s : |{i:i'iii>r,vi \ 1 1\ i: Kici' 

how he started, nor those amongst whom hv had won his 
way. Indeed, the leading social principle that actuated 
him was that lahor has its rights: that thnsr rights must 
always he accorded, and that where a doubt arises it 
ought to be solved in favor of the wage earner. 

King Solomon said, "He that hath friends must show 
hiinsclf friendly." Mr. Kii-i' always showed himself 
friendly, good-natured, amiable, heiijful. not only in deeds 
but in words, and the latter frequently counts more than 
the former. 

He was twice elected to Congress as a Democrat from a 
district proud of its Republican history — the district 
wiiich once sent David Wilmot to Congress and at anollier 
time Galusha A. Grow. One of his colleagues asked him 
once how he had managed to succeed in tliat district. He 
replied that the chief factor in his success, he thought, 
was that he had lived there a long time and in many ways 
had employed many men, and that those whom he had 
first and last employed had almost always, without excep- 
tion, not only voted for him, but worked for him. Thus 
it came to pass tiiat he botli grew rich and kept his 
friends — a tiling that docs not happen often willi many 
men. He was a Democrat, not only in his political and 
social philosophy but in his life. He was " as 
plain as an old shoe" and was accessible to cver>body. 
He was a hard fighter. He believed in his party and its 
principles and its programs, and as a consequence patriot- 
ism was commingled with party service in i\is mind and 

At the close of his first term, after be had been defeated 
for his second and was here ser\ing out tiie short session, 
I asked liim wluil he was going to do. Quick as a flash 
the reply came, "Come back"; and it was accompanied 
with grim detenninalion in his jaw and eye. And at the 
next Congress he did come back. 


Address of Mr. Williams, of Mississippi 

He was elected first in 1906, defeated in 1908, reelected 
in 1910, and died during his second term on Vancouver 
Island, British Columbia, on July 24, 1911. 

What he did he did with all his heart, whether it was 
work or play. No man knew better than he how to enjoy 
himself with choice spirits around him. By instinct more 
than by training he loved the old Jeffersonian democratic 
theory, the corner stone in the structure of which is that 
organized society or government was made for man, and 
not man for it; that the only rightful reason for the exist- 
ence of government is that it may lead to individual train- 
ing in individual self-government; and that it shall act as 
a shield and a protector of the natural rights of man, 
giving to all equal opportunities and to none any law- 
conferred special advantages, in order that thus men and 
women may be free, well informed, and happy. He was 
a loyal, faithful, unsM'erving friend to his friends; the first 
to speak excuses for them and the last to voice criticism. 

During two years of mutual service in the House of 
Representatives, where I was parliamentary' leader on the 
Democratic side, I had cause and necessity to note the 
conduct of Representatives, and, amongst others, his. He 
was constant in his attendance, " diligent in business," as 
St. Paul says; brought a splendid and sturdy common 
sense to bear upon every question confronting us; did not 
have to be hunted up by the whips when a vote was com- 
ing, as is the case with so many Representatives; believed 
in team work, and did his share of team work cheerfully 
and constantly. There was that modesty about him 
which prevented him from lightly coming to the conclu- 
sion, when he differed prima facie with a majority of his 
party, that he must be right and they must be wrong. 
With his exit from the stage of life there went a modest, 
sturdy, kind-hearted, genial man, of splendid common 
sense, unwaveringly honest purpose, and fair dealing, 
who had made the world better by being in it. He was 
so true that one had to love him. 


Address of Mit. Oliver, of Pennsyi.vama 

Mr. President: George W. Kipp. a Representative in 
Congress from the State of Pennsylvania, died at Van- 
couver, British Columbia, on the 24th day of July, 1911. 
He served in the Sixtieth Congress, was defeated by a 
small majority for the Sixty-first, but was again elected 
to the present Congress. 

It was not my fortune to be intimately acquainted with 
Mr. Kipp, as our contemporaneous ser\'ice was confined 
to the earlier months of this Congress; but as one familiar 
with the public men of my State I did know something 
of his career. He was not a brilliant man, as that phrase 
goes, l)iit lie was in cverj' way a typical, average Ameri- 
can, and his life furnishes an example by no means rare 
of .\meriean possibilities. He was twice elected as a 
Democrat from a district whose Republicanism was 
steadfast and unswerving and which in the earh* days 
of the party had sent to Congress such Representatives 
as David Wilmot and Galusha .\. Grow. Mr. Kn»p carried 
this district in l!»0(i and 11)10, and in 1908 -a presidential 
year — he was defeated by only 2,000 majority, while at 
the same election tlie <llstrict gave President Taft a 
majority of over 8,000 votes. To accomplish such a 
result a man must be one of two things — either he is a 
demagogue or lie has a strong hold on the respect and 
afl'ections of llic people amongst whom lie lives — and 
Mr. Kipp was no demagogue. 

With few or no educational advantages he was early 
thrown on his own resources, and by diligent application 
and a capacity which he soon developed for tiie handling 
of large affairs he was able to accumulate what in his 


Address of Mr. Oliver, of Pennsylvania 

time and in his section was considered great wealth. He 
was modest in demeanor, firm in his attachments, and had 
to a high degree the facultj' of pleasing. His service in 
Congress, disconnected as it was, was too short to enable 
him to write his name in large type on the pages of 
history, and as a matter of fact his modest ambition never 
aimed at such distinction; but he was a faithful repre- 
sentative of his people, looking out for their interests with 
great care, and was constant in his attention to the work 
of the committee to which he was assigned. In his death 
his district and the countiy lost a faithful Representa- 
tive, his neighbors, a valued friend, and his State an 
upright citizen.